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PostSubject: What Antenna   November 28th 2013, 12:49 am

I just bought a Kenwood TK 840 radio off of Ebay.  It does not have an antenna.  Does anyone know what antenna to get for it.

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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   November 28th 2013, 10:35 am

I use a 1/4 short wave! Make sure it's UHF and will get the frequencies we use. 462-467 range I believe.

Here's one on the Ebay.
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   November 28th 2013, 12:28 pm

Got my radio from kmedic come with everything
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   November 28th 2013, 1:29 pm

Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   November 28th 2013, 1:43 pm

mine is 6" long i think..came from kymedic
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   November 28th 2013, 9:35 pm

http://www.ebay.com/itm/320554821846?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   November 29th 2013, 12:29 am

Thanks everyone!  I ordered one off of eBay this afternoon.
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 12:45 pm

What mount do you use for these?
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 2:52 pm

Make your own w/a piece of flat stock and a one inch hole.  I drilled a one inch hole in my roof and mounted it there.. Surprisingly it has stayed up there for a couple years.
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 3:20 pm

I currently have a large EMP from bumper and I have placed it on there with the magnetic base.  I am think of making a triangular peice out of flat stock (4" x 12" x 3/16") and bolt that to the hood in front of the passenger roll cage bar.  By being triangular it will lean back at the same angle as the windshield and if it gets hit by a tree it will just bend back to the roof.  It will only stick up above the roof by a couple of inches.  I am also thinking of getting a peice of sheet metal and using a lock-n-ride clamp to mount it in rear box next to the rear window.  I will experiment and see which I like best.
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 3:36 pm

I thought it had to be on a large flat surface above the roof? I bought a used radio off ebay but I know nothing about uhf antennas.
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 5:36 pm

I'm not sure what the ideal mounting is but I know that with 25 watts it's got to be a lot better than a 1 watt handheld with internal antenna.
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 7:07 pm

It should have a flat surface several inches around it.  Works better.  That's the reason I mounted mine on the roof.  But most folks have them on some kind of bracket in the rear below the roof line. Seems to work ok.
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 7:07 pm

Mine is the little one that Ross posted.  Very simple to mount and is short and unobtrusive.  It's mounted on roof above radio.
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 7:14 pm

Well, mine's not short and unobtrusive.
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 7:24 pm

There are at least 2 different styles of antennas as far as mounting goes. Some just require a mounting point like the one I have and other require a large metallic surface around the antenna (like mounting it in the center of a car roof) that helps the antenna function. Then there are of course the longer antennas that can be cut and tuned and are great for long range, the smaller 1/4 wave antennas that are great for shorter distances and car to car stuff like what we do.
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 8:11 pm

Mine antenna sticks up about couple inches
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 9:14 pm

ok thanks everybody I'm gonna look online for something
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 9:40 pm

Are you looking for a simple small antenna that will work with the UHF radios on the trails?
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 9:42 pm

yep just something to talk to you all or who ever else uses them
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 9:43 pm

This link I left for Bob T is still good! It will work with the UHF radio's that most are using.  I have mine mounted just off the whip mount on my Arctic CAt.
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 9:43 pm

Do you already have a radio?

EDIT: Never mind, I see you got one off Ebay!
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 17th 2013, 10:14 pm

thanks, Ross!
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 18th 2013, 9:10 am

BobT wrote:
Well, mine's not short and unobtrusive.

I bought the same model radio as you, Bob. What antenna did you buy?
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 18th 2013, 8:54 pm

Timmi, I got a Tram 1170.  About $20 on ebay.  The Kenwood Radio uses a PL-259 connector which this one comes with.
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 18th 2013, 9:06 pm

good information there, thank you Bob!
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 18th 2013, 9:41 pm

There are several good videos on You Tube and at Rugged Radio on antenna tuning and overall installation. One of the bigs things to remember when running you antenna cable is not to coil the extra cable and tie it up. Either run the cable all over the car so you use it all up and don't have to coil it or cut in and attach the connector so you have just enough cable. Most antenna come with the end not attached.
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 18th 2013, 10:26 pm

Could go to local radio shop and get one
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PostSubject: Re: What Antenna   December 18th 2013, 10:58 pm

Thanks Ross I didn't know that either. Rick, I don't know of any shops like that in Christiansburg.
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